Student to Permanent Resident Visas, Regional VIctoria Australia There has been a huge shakeup in the student visa program. The introduction of the SC485 visa and the requirement for work experience as part of a successful skills assessment for many occupations has made the pathway to permanent residency much less certain for many students.
However, there are concessions for students who held a SC485 visa on 8 February 2010 and who apply for Permanent Residency before 31 December 2012. Also there are transitional arrangements if you held a SC572, 573 or 574 visa on 8 February 2010 and intend to apply for a SC485 before 31 December 2012. For a list of the occupations open to you click here.
If you are in this position it is important to get your visa application right, whether it is for the SC485 visa or one of the onshore permanent visas, as this is a short window of opportunity.
Increasingly international students are in the same boat as other applicants for permanent residency visas - apply for employer or state sponsored visas and/or temporary work visas.
A review of the student visa program is underway. Here is the initial report. Submissions to the review are still open for you to have
"I made a decision to build my career in Australia about a year into my course. I found Opal Immigration Services through a friend from uni as I gave up on doing the visa myself. Halfway through getting my documents together myself I was so confused and just really stressed out with the jargon and all the underlying conditions. Working with Jane was great. There was always communication which I found very important. Every step of the way was guided and it was very clear on what was needed for the whole process to go through smoothly." M Razak, Geelong
Located in Geelong Victoria we have assisted with many 'student to permanent resident visas' in Geelong, Ballarat, Warrnambool and Melbourne. Call Opal Immigration Services now.